Holiness & Fear: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 (6-7) Three years ago, I entitled my commentary of this week’s reading, “A Call to Holiness & Humility”. As I was reading this week, I … Read More

Truth for Today

Parashat Beshalach (When He Sent) Shemot (Exodus) 13:17–17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31 I always marvel at how relevant God’s Word is today. There are three things in this week’s Parashah that specifically relate to Israel’s current … Read More

It’s Not Our Battle

Parashat Bo (Come) Shemot (Exodus) 10:1 -13:16 Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28 In Exodus 10:27-29 we read: But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get … Read More

God Remembers

Parashat Va’eira (And I Appeared) Shemot (Exodus) 6:2–9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 God’s Word always reminds me of the hope that I have in Him. This week’s Parashah is one that both encourages me and helps … Read More

God Has Not Forgotten Us

Parashat Shemot (Names) Shemot (Exodus) 1:1-6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23 (Ashkenazi); Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 (Sephardic) Last year, in my commentary on this week’s Scripture portion I wrote, “As the instability throughout the world will only continue … Read More

The Integrity of God’s Word

Parashat Vayechi (And He Lived) Beresheet (Genesis) 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12 In this week’s Parashah, we find a touching account of Israel (Jacob) nearing his death and requesting his son Joseph to bury him … Read More

Strength in Unity

Parashat Vayigash (And He Approached) Beresheet (Genesis) 44:18-47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28 Our strength is in our unity, but our weakness is in our division. This statement is true for the people of Israel as well … Read More

Don’t Remove God from the Equation

Parashat Mikeitz (From the End) Beresheet (Genesis) 41:1-44:17 Haftarah: 1 Kings 3:15-4:1 I ended my previous commentary with the words, “God will bring restoration to His people, Israel! God will bring His light amid this … Read More

An Eternal Light in the Darkness

Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt) Beresheet (Genesis) 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:10-4:7 (14-4:7 in the Hebrew Bible) Shabbat Hanukkah December 2023 This week we have a special reading from the Haftarah because Shabbat falls during the … Read More

Edom’s Hatred of Israel

Parashat Vayishlach (And He Sent) Beresheet (Genesis) 32:3 (4 in the Hebrew Bible) – 36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1-21 In this week’s Parashah, we read a well-known story that once again reminded me of our current … Read More